Pubdate: Mon, 23 Aug 1999
Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA)
Copyright: 1999 San Francisco Examiner
Page: A 20
Author: Mikki Norris


Hooray for George W. Bush for standing up for the right to privacy and the
Fifth Amendment to the Constitution (against self-incrimination). Drug use,
either former or current, really is nobody's business unless someone
actually harms another.

Bush took the moral high ground against the media's bloodlust for an answer
to the questions of when and if he ever used cocaine. Now he must have the
courage and strength of character to extend this self-stated right to the
rest of society. Ban drug testing that discriminates and incriminates
people to take away their jobs, student loans, children and housing, and
excludes them from sports activities, among other serious repercussions.

He must end prohibition and the drug war, and release from prison
non-violent drug offenders who have engaged in similar or less serious
activities than Bush may himself have done.

If Bush were to fail to extend this right and courtesy to the nation at
large that he insists upon for himself, then he would indeed be a low-down
hypocrite and would not be worthy of holding office.

Mikki Norris El Cerrito

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